Get your kids moving, and observing the natural world around them with this Nature Game Cootie Catcher! The weather is warming, the birds are singing, and I don’t know about you, but this mama is ready for some outside time with the kiddos! Since the children LOVED my Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller, […]
This week we decided to take the children hiking. We chose a new trail called Horse Creek that is part of the Cherokee National Forest. This was a beautiful hike full of fall colors and family. A perfect outing in the Tennessee mountains.
Nature study is one of our favorite ways to Get Outside and Learn. It provides us with much needed fresh air, and room to run all while gaining knowledge and insight into the natural world. A nature study doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. Here are 8 tips to help you make your homeschool nature study a fun and educational adventure!
Kayaking and Canoeing…. I’ve been wanting to have just such an adventure with the children all summer! We finally received our opportunity at Warrior’s Path State Park here in East Tennessee! We have a homeschool group that meets there every Thursday afternoon for a Ranger led excursion and talk about the local flora and fauna. This week one of the rangers was leading a kayaking and canoeing adventure on the lake!
What do you do when your children are full of energy and bouncing off the walls? If your children are anything like mine, then they are filled with a boundless energy and that can be hard to contain indoors. We like to make our way outside where there are no walls and you know what? It’s inevitable that we’ll learn a few things in the process.
This week started off with a bang as the small herd of large cattle we have broke through their fence and made it half way to town before we were notified by the sheriff! Oh, dear! We had to bring the big cows to the small pasture, closer to the house and take the baby cows to the pasture that holds the medium sized cows. We were planning on doing all of this anyway. We just thought it would be another week or two, ha! Our son went with the men and learned all about mending fences. Everything was going well and was mending up fine, until Uncle Johnny accidentally sent a tree through said fence. It was a cherry tree that was about to fall down anyway so Uncle Johnny tried to cut it down…but accidentally caused it to fall back on the fence.
We made it to the river and watched a group of geese along the opposite bank. We even noticed raccoon prints in the sand!
Today was a cold over cast day. The weatherman was calling for rain all afternoon and we haven’t been getting our nature fix lately. I make sure we get outside but a nice walk in the woods has been few and far between since the new year began. Life just seems to happen, but now that we have a second vehicle, I plan on making making nature our norm again. I decided we needed to get out while we had the chance and what better place to get out and explore than the river?
The temperatures have begun to drop and the leaves have begun to change. With these changes the children and I thought we would respond to autumn’s call with a little walk in our neighborhood.
This week the children and I decided to make nature fairies as a welcome to the coming of fall. We saw a post about making them at Twig and Toadstool and the kids loved the idea. With the first cool nights and the leaves changing colors, this is a great time for collecting nature items. First we went on a nature hike and found pine cones, acorns, rocks, sticks and leaves. Next we brought our hoard home and dumped it onto a blanket in the living room floor. The kids then proceeded to sort the treasures into piles.